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English 112 (College Composition II)

Kathy King


Chapter 12 in
The Prentice Hall Guide for College Writers


Choose a subject that strongly interests you and about which you would like to learn more. Research this subject in the library and if appropriate, supplement your library research with questionnaires, interviews, or other unpublished sources of information.


    • Use at least 5 cited sources - 1 book; 3 periodicals; and no more than 2 Internet sources
    • MLA in-text documentation
    • a Working Outline
    • MLA "Works Cited" list, and MLA "Works Consulted" page (with at least 10 sources) are required.
    • Length of paper: 5-6 pages


Address your paper to students who know less about the topic than the writer or to students whose views may differ from the writer.

Purposes for Research Writing

    • Reporting 
    • Explaining 
    • Evaluating 
    • Problem Solving 
    • Arguing


The research paper will be graded with a single holistic (numerical) grade and the criteria for all grades will be provided before Conferences.


A Research Notebook with 4 sections

    1. Research Log
    2. Bibliography
    3. Notes and Photocopies
    4. Drafts

Research Paper Schedule

(see your syllabus for the due dates): Choosing a subject & writing a research question Collecting and note taking A working outline and Works Consulted list Revising and documenting sources Final Copy and research notebook will be due at Conference.


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